Washington, DC

Washington, DC Overview

Washington has been the backdrop for some of the country’s proudest and saddest moments; John Kennedy’s inauguration, the Cuban missile crisis, the Civil Rights movement, the Kennedy and Reagan funerals, Watergate, the Iraq wars, the Clinton sex scandal, the man on the moon, the Mideast Peace Agreement, the fall of communism and so much more. I was actually in Washington the day Martin Luther King was assassinated and had to flee the City as the rioting started.

Seeing the nation’s capital on TV is one thing, to see it in person is quite something else. No city evokes such feelings of pride and patriotism. To see our seat of government and its majestic buildings and monuments, particularly at night, is to inspire even the most jaded. I have been to Washington many times over the years and actually lived in Northern Virginia for a time. To this day I still get shivers down my spine at the site of the White House and Capitol and Jefferson Memorial. Watching people who have lost loved ones, some they never knew, at the Vietnam Memorial, is to understand in some small way the sacrifices people have made for this great country.

Loads of activities, great restaurants and wonderful places just to stroll along make this an outstanding choice for a weekend getaway. Unique to many major cities, the “country” is a short distance from the heart of the city, opening up other possibilities for sightseeing and dining. There is much history to the Virginia and Maryland countryside and two of our favorite restaurants are in the “country.”


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Where To Stay

Embassy Circle Guest House

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OVERVIEW Traveling to a major city for a weekend can be very expensive. So it was with a sense of utter joy that we recently found a marvelous B&B, the Embassy Circle Guest House, in Washington, DC that I wish the owners would clone all across the country. Located on stylish, quiet and safe Embassy Row...…

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Four Seasons Hotel

OVERVIEW Georgetown is my favorite part of the City with its quaint boutiques, bistros, bars and particularly the C&O Canal whose tow path is a great place to walk or run. The Four Seasons Hotel is perfectly located in Georgetown, right on the Canal. THE ROOMS One of the great things about this hotel is...…

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Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental Washington is located in the heart of the district in the southwest section, overlooking the marina, the Tidal Basin and the monuments. The view of the Jefferson Memorial at night is quite spectacular. While I would generally scoff at a description of “Feng Shui touches”, there is something incredibly soothing and calming...…

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Where To Eat

1789

Set in a renovated Federal house in Georgetown, 1789 has always been a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Six separate dining areas are decorated in wonderful American antiques, equestrian and historical prints. My favorites are The John Carroll Room and the Pub. The John Carroll Room is decorated with Currier and Ives prints, early…

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2491 Restaurant

"Dramatic" only begins to describe 2941, a remarkable restaurant located in an unlikely spot, an office park, in Falls Church, Virginia. Picture palettes of rich blues, golds and browns, floor to ceiling windows, 30 ft. ceilings, soaring columns, fireplaces and views of a lake and waterfall. The walls are faux finished and topped with wood…

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Blue Duck Tavern

Housed in the Park Hyatt Hotel, the Blue Duck Tavern is a lively and comfortable spot for an after work drink, some delicious apps (their resident Cheese & Charcuterie Specialist will custom prepare a cheese platter for you) or a wonderful dinner. We have also enjoyed their Sunday brunch where the Short Rib hash is…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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